Princess Kimiri is sent off by her brother to the neighboring mountain kingdom of Helsmont to be married to the king in exchange for weapons he needs to fight another neighboring kingdom he is at war with. She's not particularly happy about this. To her surprise, the king offers her a year courtship to decide if they are suitable for each other. During that time Kimiri is to get to know her new kingdom and the man she is to marry.
She spends most of her days wandering around the city getting to know the citizens. Everybody treats her respectfully and likes her. She also spends time with her future husband's hostage, a prince from the kingdom her brother is at war with. They become friends. She also has breakfast every morning with the king. At first he is very quiet, but slowly they get to know each other. I did feel like Lee told us about their developing feelings more than showing us. I was probably most disappointed with this part of the book. King Tathan seems like a great guy, but I felt like I never really got to know him. In fact, because of that and the actions Lee did show us, I found him very passive. He doesn't want to push Kimiri into marrying him, but it almost at times felt like he wasn't even trying to win her affections.
Her relationships all seemed very simple. We don't get any real conflict until the end of the book, and that ended up being my favorite part of the book. Probably also because the title promised dragons and they finally show up at this point.
If you are looking for something very uncomplicated and sweet, you may enjoy this story.
ARC provided through NetGalley.